Articles: Press Release
Goldika 559 and McLain Ward Win Opening Round of the $25,000 WEF
Challenge Cup Series for Second Year In a Row
Mason Phelps, Jr. of Phelps Media Group, Inc. at (561)
753-3389 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wellington, FL - January 27 - History repeated itself on Thursday
afternoon at the 2005 Winter Equestrian Festival at the Palm Beach Polo
Equestrian Club in Wellington, Florida.
For the second straight year, Athens Olympic Silver Medalist McLain Ward
aboard Double H Farm's Goldika 559 emerged victorious in Round One of
the $25,000 WEF Challenge Cup Series.
The nine week long series of Thursday Grand Prix events is one of the
major money qualifiers for the WEF finale, the $200,000 Budweiser
American Invitational at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Florida.
Today, 63 starters negotiated the first round course designed by Javier
Fernandez of Mexico.
Twelve horse and rider combinations survived the first round challenge
to advance to the timed jump-off tiebreaker. Twelve additional riders
jumped the course without jumping penalties, but a snug time allowed
caused ten to pick up a single time fault for their efforts. Two other
riders added two time faults to their first round clears.
In the jump-off Schuyler Riley and Opus Sept from the South Beach
Stables led off with 4 faults for her one knockdown performance,
crossing the finish line in 44.83 seconds.
Michael Morrissey and Eugene R. Mische's Gera 28 followed and pulled two
rails in the tiebreaker, scoring 8 faults in 43.58 seconds.
Laura Kraut, who qualified all three of her mounts for the timed
encounter, produced the first jump-off clear with Joyous, owned by the
Summit Partners. Kraut was clear in 43.82 seconds to set the pace.
Lauren Hough, aboard the Casadora Group's Casadora, immediately grabbed
the lead from Kraut, touring the course fault free and breaking the
beams in 41.52 seconds.
Millcreek's Marco Taere, owned by the Millcreek Stables and ridden by
Yann Candele, produced the third jump-off clear in a row. However, they
settled into second place behind Hough and Casadora with a time of 42.16
Joe Fargis was next with Edgar, owned by Mary B. Schwab. Fargis became
the fourth in a row to ride the tiebreaker without penalty, crossing the
finish line in 43.82 seconds, placing him in a dead heat with Joyous and
Molly Ashe and Full Cry Farm's Naomi moved into the International Arena
and produced a stunning ride, but knocked down the final fence on the
jump-off course. Ashe finished with 4 faults in 41.59 seconds.
Kraut then returned on her second mount for the tiebreaker, Milona,
owned by Peter Wetherill and Happy Hill Farm. Kraut had the crowd on
their feet as she flew around the short course, lighting up the
scoreboard with a new top time of 41.24 seconds, 2/10ths of a second
better than Hough.
The crowd never had a chance to sit down as Kraut's top time was erased
by the very next in the ring, Cara Raether and News, owned by Trelawny
Farm. Raether pulled out all the stops and flat out flew to the lead
with a clear round in 41.08 seconds. She was at the top of the leader
board with just three to go.
Laura Kraut last chance would be with Miss Independent from the Pasmore
Stables. With an early rail in the jump off, Kraut cruised home with a
final score of 8 faults in 44.79 seconds.
Todd Minikus galloped in on Harry Gill's Viktor as the next to last in
the jump-off. Minikus brought the sitting crowd to their feet once again
as he smoked the course. He had tight turns and a flat out gallop but
the last fence came down. The scoreboard reflected the bad news that
Minikus had the time, but had the rail, as well. He finished with 4
faults in 40.83 seconds.
McLain Ward and Goldika 559 were the last challengers. Ward cranked it
up from the start, made some amazing cuts and let a very fast horse do
her thing. Ward flew to the finish with a clean round in 40.62 seconds
for the win, their second year in a row in the winners circle. "I was
very fast to the double and made a very good cut back to the blue
vertical, but the bottom line is, she's just a very fast horse," Ward
"In the first round we had to knock the rust off a bit," Ward joked.
"But then she felt in perfect form in the jump-off. That's her forte.
She's so fast and so careful and I was just thrilled with her today," he
Having the last spot in the jump-off doesn't matter to Ward. "When there
are ten or twelve clean you know that they're going to be fast and some
are going to be clear and fast, so you just go in and ride your round,"
Asked about his string of three top mares, Ward said they're all
"My three mares all have different personalities," said Ward. "Goldika
has all the heart in the world but she's really a hot headed woman.
Quickstar is kind of a slow, laid back hippie and Sapphire just knows
she's better than everybody," Ward said laughing.
Official Results - $25,000 Wef Challenge Cup Series Round 1 Csi** Fei
Art 238.2.2 Entries = 63 Level Nat
1 -$7500 Goldika 559 - Mclain Ward -Double H Farm- 0-0/ 40.620
2 -$5500 News-Cara Raether-Trelawny Farm -0-0/ 41.080
3 -$3250 Milona-Laura Kraut-Peter WetherillHappy Hill -0-0 / 41.240
4 -$2000 Casadora-Lauren Hough-The Casadora Group - 0-0 / 41.520
5 -$1500 Millcreek's Marco Taere -Yann Candele-Millcreek Stables -0-0
6 -$1125 Edgar 12 - Joe Fargis -Mary B. Schwab- 0-0 / 43.820
6 -$1125 Joyous -Laura Kraut-Summit Partners- 0-0 /43.820
8 -$750 Viktor-Todd Minikus -Mr. Harry R. Gill -0-4 /40.830
9 -$750 Naomi -Molly Ashe- Full Cry Farm - 0 -4/ 41.590
10 -$500 Opus Sept-Schuyler Riley -South Beach Stable - 0-4/44.830
11 -$500 Gera 28 -Michael Morrissey-Eugene R. Mische - 0-8 /43.580
12 -$500 Miss Independent-Laura Kraut -Pasmore Stables - 0-8/44.790
Molly Ashe and King Louie Take Two in a Row in the $7500 1.45m
Molly Ashe, on fire with a first and a second place finish on opening
day, continued her hot streak and made it two in a row with King Louie
in the 1.45m Jumpers (II2b) at the Internationale Arena. King Louie,
owned by Rosewood Glen, Ltd., was one of only two double clear rides out
of the thirty three entered in the Thursday morning feature.
Ashe's jump-off time of 34.764 was 4/10ths of a second better than
second place finisher, Jimmy Torano and Aguila, owned by Sir Ruly, Inc.
Torano crossed the finish line in 35.209.
Finishing third was Hyde Moffatt and Ting Tin, owned by Hawkestone
Farms. Moffat accumulated one time fault in the jump-off. Fourth went to
Carousel, owned by Mary B. Schwab and ridden by Ramiro Quintana with 4
faults in 35.323.
Official Results - #1003 $7500 1.45m Jumpers, II 2b, 1-27-05 -
1 - King Louie, Molly Ashe - 0-0/34.764
2 - Aguila, Jimmy Torano - 0/0-35.209
3 - Ting Tin, Hyde Moffatt - 0-1/41.533
4 - Carousel, Ramiro Quintana - 0-4/35.323
5 - Ostara, Aimee Aron - 0-4/36.082
6 - Neuville, McLain Ward -0-4/36.439
7 - Tudor News, Linda Sheridan - 4-61.160
8 - Tsunami, Yann Candele - 4-62.404
9 - Diakona, Paige Rassas - 4-64.480
10 - Lorenzo, Anne Kursinski - 4-64.876
11 - Mid Time, Clare Bronfman -4-65.053
12 - Fit 3, Cody Baird - 4 - 66.590
Paige Johnson and Landria W. Gallop to Victory in the High A/O Jumpers
In the first class for the High Amateur Owner Jumpers (II2b), it was
Paige Johnson and Landria W coming home victorious with a double clear
performance and a jump-off time of 37.862. She topped a field of 22 for
the win and was thrilled to be back in action with Landria W. "Last
time I showed her was at Harrisburg and she wasn't real good there, she
was a little spooky and a little tired," Johnson explained. "I had
shown her in Europe all summer, so she was ready for a rest. So, this
is my first class back since October and I was a little nervous out
there, but she was excellent today," she said. Johnson also praised
course designer, Javier Fernandez. "I thought the course was a perfect
course for the first day; not too hard, not too easy. He did a really
nice job," said Johnson.
Georgina Bloomberg finished second with Action, posting two clear riding
efforts and crossing the finish line in 38.197 seconds, just 3/10ths of
a second off the winning pace. Paige Johnson produced the only other
double clear effort with Kadena R to finish in third place in 39.699
seconds. Gaby Slome and Salsa picked up two time faults in the jump-off
to finish fourth.
Official Results - #1028H-A/O Jumpers, Table II sec 2(b) -1/27/05-
1 - Landria W, Paige Johnson -0-0/37.862
2 - Action, Georgina Bloomberg -0-0/38.197
3 - Kadena R, Paige Johnson -0-0/39.699
4 - Salsa, Gaby Slome -0-2/41.435
5 - Lumina 2, Georgina Bloomberg -0-4/38.094
6 - La Movida, Georgina Bloomberg -0-4/38.595
7 - LaBelle, Danielle Torano -0-4/39.063
8 - Reddy Teddy, Paige Johnson - 0-8/38.357
9 - Unique, Megan Lamaze - 0-8/39.434
10 - Cinoa, Victoria D'Agostino -0-8/43.979
11 - Noulette, Megan Lamaze - 0-9/40.920
12 - Olympus, Cara Raether - 0-10/45.635
2005 Winter Equestrian Festival Fast Facts
EVENT: Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, Florida
WHAT: Seven-week hunter/jumper and 3-week dressage horse show circuit
produced by Stadium Jumping, Inc.
WHERE: Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club,
14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, Florida 33414
WHEN: Wednesday through Sunday 2005 Show Dates:
Jan. 26-30: Nutrena/Western Hay Wellington Classic, CSI 2*,
Feb 2-6: Bayer Gold Coast Jumper Classic, CSI 3*
Feb 3-6: Wellington Dressage
Feb 9-13: Kilkenny/ICH Internationale, CSI 3*, 'AA'
Feb 16-20: Lincoln Florida Classic/WCHR Spectacular presented by Palm
n Beach Post, CSI-W/Y/Ch, 'AA-WCHRA'
Feb 17-20: Zada Enterprises, LLC Florida Dressage Classic
Feb 23-27: Zada Enterprises, LLC Wellington Masters, CSI 3*,
March 2-6: Cosequin Wellington Open, CSI-W, 'AA'
March 9-13: CN Finale, CSIO-US 4*, 'AA'
March 17-20: Zada Enterprises, LLC WEF Dressage Classic, CDI
HOURS: Wednesday through Sunday, 8:00 a.m. to approximately 4:00 p.m.
ADMISSION: General Admission Tickets are available at the gate.
Wednesday: Admission is free. *Children 12 &Under Free
Thursday and Friday: Adults- $5.00, Seniors (65)/Children Over
12 - $5.00
Saturday: Adults- $10.00, Seniors (65)/Children Over 12- $5.00
Sunday: Adults- $15.00, Seniors (65)/Children Over 12 - $5.00
Weekly General Admission Pass- $30.00
Seasonal General Admission Pass- $125.00
VIP SEATING: Box Seats Tickets may be purchased at the gate. (Limited
Location: Internationale Arena
Thursday and Friday: $15.00
Seasonal Reserved Box Seats- $250.00 per seat
VIP Tables in The Jockey Club (located at the International Arena) are
available for purchase through Phelps Media Group, Inc. Please call
PARKING: Parking is free Wednesday through Sunday
DIRECTIONS: Approaching the show grounds from the Florida Turnpike, take
Exit #93, Lake Worth Blvd., and travel west, crossing over 441. Travel
five miles to South Shore Blvd., turn right on South Shore and proceed
one mile to Pierson Road, then turn left at the light. Spectator
Entrance is first left, on Equestrian Road. Approaching the show grounds
from Interstate I-95, take Exit 49. Travel west on Forest Hill Blvd. 11
miles to South Shore Blvd. Turn left on South Shore and follow to
Pierson Road. Turn right at the light on Pierson. Spectator Entrance is
first left - Equestrian Road.
THE FACILITY: The Palm Beach Polo Equestrian Club is the home of the
Winter Equestrian Festival and the site of the first outdoor Nations Cup
held in the United States. The competition areas include the 400' x 400'
grass Internationale Arena, which is surrounded by bermed seating,
chalets, and VIP areas; plus the Bertalan DeNemethy Arena and Grand
Hunter Field, both with all weather footing. Amenities include The
Jockey Club VIP area.
PRIZE MONEY: Over $3 Million in total prize money, including:
* $1 Million Grand Prix Series
* $450,000 1.50 M-1.30M Jumper Series
* $300,000 Amateur-Owner Jumper Series
* $100,000 Senior Jumper Series
* $395,000 USEF 'AA' Hunter Section Series
* $200,000 Junior Jumper Series
* $168,000 Adult Amateur Jumper Series
* $32,000 Children's Jumper Series
* $9,500 Pony Jumper Series
* Sunday, Jan 30, 2:00 p.m.: $35,000 Farr XTN Grand Prix of Palm
Beach presented by Western Hay, CSI 2*
* Saturday, Feb 5: $25,000 Windsome Dressage/Show Jumping
* Sunday, Feb 6, 2:00 p.m.: $50,000 Bayer Wellington Cup, CSI 3*
* Sunday, Feb 13, 2:00 p.m.: $50,000 Kilkenny/ICH Internationale
Cup, CSI 3*
* Saturday, Feb 19, 7:00 p.m.: AHJF Hunter Spectacular of Palm
* Sunday, Feb 20, 9:00 a.m.: $10,000 WEF Individual Young Rider
Team and Individual Competition, CSI/Y Final
* Sunday, Feb 20, 2:00 p.m.: $60,000 Lincoln Idle Dice Classic
presented by Palm Beach Post, CSI-W
* Friday, Feb 25, 7:00 p.m.: $15,000 Solaray Junior Jumper
* Sunday, Feb 27, 2:00pm: $75,000 Zada Enterprises,LLC Masters
Cup, CSI 3*
* Friday, March 4, 7:00 p.m.: $15,000 Solaray Amateur-Owner
Jumper Gambler's Choice
* Sunday, March 6, 2:00 pm:$75,000 Cosequin Florida Open Grand
* Friday, March 11, 7:00 p.m.: $50,000 Samsung Nations Cup CSIO
4* presented by CN
* Sunday, March 13, 2:00 p.m.: $100,000 US Open Jumper
Championship CSIO 4* presented by CN
FOOD: A diverse menu of food and beverages is available at the vendor
courtyard and at vendors around the Internationale Arena, and are open
during show hours.
SHOPPING: The vendor courtyard and individual booths around the
Internationale Arena both offer equestrian equipment, apparel, jewelry,
and home furnishings.
ECONOMIC IMPACT: The Winter Equestrian Festival, produced by Eugene R.
Mische and Stadium Jumping, Inc., is the largest and longest
consecutively running sporting event in the world. It is also the
largest equestrian event and major contributor to Palm Beach County's
$553+ million equestrian industry. (Courtesy of Palm Beach County
Equestrian Commission, Inc.)
PALM BEACH POLO EQUESTRIAN CLUB: 14440 Pierson Rd., Wellington, FL,
33414; Tel: 561-793-JUMP; Fax: 561-753-7727; Website:
STADIUM JUMPING, INC.: Corporate Office- 1301 Sixth Ave West, Suite 406,
Bradenton, FL, 34205; Tel: 941-744-5465; Fax: 941-744-0874; Website: